Root Canal Specialist in Fresno, CA
Traditionally, teeth with injured, diseased, or dead pulp had to be extracted, leaving you with a gap in the mouth, or forcing you to seek additional treatment to get a tooth replacement. Today, root canal specialists in Fresno save many teeth in a fairly simple and cost-effective procedure.
At Pearl Dentistry in Fresno, CA, our dentists provide endodontic treatment using state-of-the-art technology, including the latest diagnostic equipment that allows us to see what is virtually undetectable by the naked eye, such as trapped stubs, microcanals, microcracks, or root fracture.
Who needs root canal therapy?
A dental root canal is a treatment that allows you to save severely damaged or infected teeth, whereby the root canal specialist removes the diseased or damaged area at the center of the tooth (pulp), cleans, disinfects, and shapes the site, and then fills it with a material to seal off the root canal.
Pulp damage can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- A deep cavity
- A cracked tooth
- Severe injury to the tooth - due to severe impact
If an infected pulp is left untreated, pus can accumulate at the tip of the root in the jawbone, creating an abscess. Ultimately, this can damage the surrounding area while causing a lot of pain.
Root canal procedure
When we determine that your damaged tooth can be saved with a root canal, we can commence the root canal treatment as follows:
Step 1: X-rays
An x-ray is important to determine the exact position of decay and extent of tooth damage.
Step 2: Anesthesia
We will administer local anesthesia to the affected tooth.
Step 3: Pulpectomy
After the site has been numbed, we’ll make an opening through the crown of a back tooth or the back of a front tooth in order to remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals will then be cleaned, enlarged, and shaped in preparation for filling.
Step 4: Filling
We will insert a tapered, rubbery substance called gutta-percha into each of the canals and seal it into place with cement. We may also place a metal or plastic rod in the canal to provide structural support.
Step 5: Crowning
Finally, we will place a crown over the tooth in order to restore its natural appearance, strength, and shape. If the tooth was severely damaged, we may build it up with a post before placing the crown.
Schedule your consultation with a root canal specialist
If you are experiencing severe pain or sensitivity to hot and cold drinks, it’s likely that your tooth pulp has been exposed, and you may be a candidate for root canal therapy. A consultation can help to reveal the best treatment for your case.